Safety Management With Methamphetamine-Using Caregivers.
National Resource Center for Child Protective Services.
27 p. + 2 media files
National Resource Center for Child Protective Services
925 #4 Sixth Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
This guide discusses identifying and assessing safety threats in the initial assessment of families involved in methamphetamine use. It begins by reviewing the purposes of the initial assessment and key safety concepts. Criteria for identifying present danger and impending danger are listed, and the types of safety threats that may be present in methamphetamine-using families are described. A list of methamphetamine-related behaviors and the safety threats they pose is provided. Key steps for managing the methamphetamine safety threats are then explained and include: making a determination, thinking about caregiver protective capacity, and analyzing safety threats. Questions for determining whether an in-home safety plan is possible are provided, and a case study is presented. The guide is intended to be used with video clips and provides questions related to the clips. A list of additional resources is included.
child protective services; methamphetamine; risk assessment; substance abuse